News from the Library of Congress

November 2019

October 2019

  • October 30, 2019  (19-103)
    Library of Congress Hosts GIS Day 2019 The Library of Congress will celebrate GIS (Geographic Information Science) Day on Nov. 13 with an all-day series of talks on the use of GIS technology and 3D mapping in cultural heritage preservation and disaster response.The discussions will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13, in LJ-119 on the first floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street....
    • Date: 2019-10-30
  • October 22, 2019  (19-104)
    Library of Congress and U.S. Government Publishing Office Digitizing U.S. Congressional Serial Set The Law Library of Congress, in collaboration with the U.S. Government Publishing Office, has started a large multi-year effort to digitize and make accessible volumes of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set dating back to the first volume published in 1817.The U.S. Congressional Serial Set is an official, bound collection of reports and documents of the House and Senate of the U.S. Congress. First published...
    • Date: 2019-10-22
  • October 18, 2019  (19-101)
    Librarian of Congress Names New Copyright Royalty Judge Librarian of Congress Carla D. Hayden today announced her appointment of Steve Ruwe to the position of copyright royalty judge on the Copyright Royalty Board. Effective Oct. 13, Ruwe will serve an interim appointment through Dec. 7, 2019, followed by a six-year appointment.Ruwe is filling a vacancy created by the appointment of Judge Jesse Feder as Chief Judge. He will serve on the Copyright...
    • Date: 2019-10-18
  • October 16, 2019  (19-100)
    Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film Awarded to "Flannery," Directed by Elizabeth Coffman and Mark Bosco The Better Angels Society, the Library of Congress and the Crimson Lion/Lavine Family Foundation today announced that the first Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film has been awarded to “Flannery,” a new film directed by Elizabeth Coffman and Jesuit priest Mark Bosco that documents the life of Georgia writer Flannery O’Connor. “Flannery” is a feature-length documentary that explores the life and writings...
    • Date: 2019-10-16
  • October 4, 2019  (19-098)
    Library Receives $1M Mellon Grant to Experiment with Digital Collections as Big Data The Library of Congress has been awarded a $1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the Computing Cultural Heritage in the Cloud (CCHC) project, which will pilot ways to combine cutting edge technology and the collections of the largest library in the world, to support digital research at scale. “As technology advances, we envision a future in which all users —...
    • Date: 2019-10-04
  • October 3, 2019  (19-092)
    Library of Congress to Hold Annual Fall Main Reading Room and Packard Campus Open Houses in October Twice each year, the Library of Congress opens its magnificent Main Reading Room to share information about how the public can access the Library’s resources year-round. The Main Reading Room will be open to the public on the federal Columbus Day holiday, Monday, Oct. 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Main Reading Room is located on the first floor of the Library’s...
    • Date: 2019-10-03
  • October 2, 2019  (19-097)
    Garth Brooks to Receive the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced that country music titan Garth Brooks is the next recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The multiple hall of famer is the youngest recipient of the prestigious prize.“Garth Brooks’ appeal as a performer, songwriter and humanitarian has brought many new fans into the world of country music,” said Librarian of Congress Carla...
    • Date: 2019-10-02
  • October 1, 2019  (19-096)
    Kluge Center Welcomes Chairs and Distinguished Visiting Scholars The John W. Kluge Center has announced the arrival of several scholars-in-residence at the Library of Congress.Andrea Campbell holds the Kluge Chair in American Law and Governance. Campbell is the Arthur and Ruth Sloan professor of political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She works on American politics, political behavior, public opinion and political equality, particularly their intersection with social welfare policy, health...
    • Date: 2019-10-01

September 2019

  • September 30, 2019  (19-078)
    Library Announces Grant Recipients for Teaching with Primary Sources The Library of Congress today announced the selection of four organizations that will receive more than $1.1 million through its Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program to support the effective use of digitized primary sources in K-12 classrooms. The selected organizations will focus their efforts on creating teaching materials and professional opportunities for teachers using Library of Congress online resources.The Library received 35 proposals...
    • Date: 2019-09-30
  • September 27, 2019  (19-094)
    Library's Koussevitzky Foundation Awards 2019 Music Commissions The Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress has awarded commissions for new musical works to four composers. The commissions are granted jointly by the foundation and the performing organizations that will present the world premiere performances of the newly composed works. Award winners and the groups co-sponsoring their commissions are Erin Gee and JACK Quartet; George E. Lewis and PUBLIQuartet; David...
    • Date: 2019-09-27
  • September 24, 2019  (19-093)
    Library of Congress Hosts Events Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month Hispanic Heritage Month runs between Sept. 15 and Oct. 15. The Hispanic Division and the Hispanic Cultural Society at the Library of Congress will host workshops, displays and readings that celebrate Hispanic identity, civilization and culture inside the Hispanic Reading Room. The reading room is located on the second floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street, S.E., Washington, DC 20540. Highlighting the...
    • Date: 2019-09-24
  • September 24, 2019  (19-095)
    Library to Mark 150th Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi's Birth with Display of Special Collections A special display at the Library of Congress will mark the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth on Oct. 2, featuring a letter written in Gandhi’s hand, a rare copy of the Indian Constitution and other items exploring Gandhi’s influence on Martin Luther King Jr. and the U.S. civil rights movement.The one-day display from the Library’s collections will be presented Oct. 2 from 11...
    • Date: 2019-09-24
  • September 18, 2019  (19-091)
    Library of Congress Crime Classics Bring New Life to American Suspense in Publishing Collaboration with Poisoned Pen Press Classic American crime novels will see new life in a new publishing collaboration between the Library of Congress and Poisoned Pen Press, an imprint of Sourcebooks. The Library of Congress Crime Classics series will feature a rich and diverse selection of books originally published between the 1860s and the 1960s, the Library announced today.Titles are drawn from the Library’s collection of hard-to-find and out-of-print...
    • Date: 2019-09-18
  • September 16, 2019  (19-090)
    New Website Makes the U.S. Constitution Searchable with Supreme Court Interpretations Throughout History In celebration of Constitution Day, the Library of Congress is launching a new website – constitution.congress.gov – for the Constitution Annotated, the authoritative source for how the Supreme Court has interpreted the nation’s governing document over the years.With advanced search tools and a modern user-friendly interface, the new website makes the 3,000 pages of the Constitution Annotated fully searchable and accessible for the first...
    • Date: 2019-09-16
  • September 12, 2019  (19-089)
    New Exhibition "Comic Art: 120 Years of Panels and Pages" Explores Comics from Early Newspapers to Famous Characters A new exhibition at the Library of Congress explores the fascinating evolution of visual storytelling styles in comic art – from panels in early newspapers to contemporary images of some of the most famous and funny characters in print. “Comic Art: 120 Years of Panels and Pages” opens Sept. 12 and will be on view for a year in the Graphic Arts Galleries of...
    • Date: 2019-09-12
  • September 10, 2019  (19-082)
    Kluge Center Announces a Fall Lineup of Public Events The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress is pleased to announce its schedule of fall conversations featuring renowned scholars and authors. All events will be held in the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. The events are free and open to the public. However, tickets are suggested and available via Eventbrite.Tuesday, Sept. 17, 4 p.m. John W....
    • Date: 2019-09-10
  • September 9, 2019  (19-087)
    Library Goes Back to School with Teachers of Science and Civics The Library of Congress kicked off the 2019-20 school year by welcoming two teachers to its Capitol Hill campus who will work closely with the Library’s learning and innovation team to help make primary sources from the Library’s collections more accessible for teachers throughout the United States.Jen Reidel, a civics teacher from Bellingham, Wash., has been named the 2019-2020 Teacher-in-Residence at the Library of...
    • Date: 2019-09-09
  • September 6, 2019  (19-088)
    Mission Medevac: Library's Veterans History Project Hosts Changemakers Panel on Medical Evacuations The advent of medical evacuations by air has saved the lives of countless American soldiers. From the Vietnam War to Iraq and Afghanistan, medevac aircraft and crews have provided rapid medical evacuations enabling crews to rapidly move wounded soldiers out of the front lines and into hospital facilities for treatment.On Tuesday, Sept. 10, the Library of Congress Veterans History Project will bring together a...
    • Date: 2019-09-06
  • September 5, 2019  (19-085)
    Library of Congress Crowdsourcing Effort Challenges People to Explore Folk and Music Traditions From hot summer days in Mississippi to windy nights in the Caribbean, the Library of Congress’ latest crowdsourcing campaign, launched today, challenges virtual volunteers to explore folk and music traditions through the eyes and writings of one of America’s most famous 20th century folklorists, musicologists and oral historians: Alan Lomax.The new campaign — “The Man who Recorded the World: On the Road with Alan...
    • Date: 2019-09-05

August 2019

  • August 31, 2019  (19-084)
    19th Annual National Book Festival Attracts Tens of Thousands of Book Lovers Book lovers of all ages came together by the tens of thousands to celebrate reading and meet their favorite authors Saturday at the 19th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival, held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Thousands more watched the festival’s Main Stage streamed live on the Library’s YouTube platform.The festival showcased more than 140 authors, poets and illustrators, who appeared...
    • Date: 2019-08-31
  • August 29, 2019  (19-081)
    Library of Congress Announces Winners of 2019 Literacy Awards Three organizations working to expand literacy and promote reading in the United States and worldwide will be awarded the 2019 Library of Congress Literacy Awards at the National Book Festival gala, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today.Hayden and philanthropist David M. Rubenstein will award the top prizes to: ProLiteracy Worldwide of Syracuse, New York; American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults of...
    • Date: 2019-08-29
  • August 21, 2019  (19-080)
    2019 National Book Festival Offers Adventures for Families, Readers of All Ages An exciting lineup of more than 140 authors, poets and illustrators – including nearly 50 who write for children and teens – as well as readings, trivia, costumed characters and interactive exhibits will provide a wide variety of family-friendly activities at the 2019 Library of Congress National Book Festival. The 19th festival will be held Saturday, Aug. 31, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m....
    • Date: 2019-08-21
  • August 20, 2019  (19-079)
    Joy Harjo to Give Opening Reading as Poet Laureate, Sept. 19 Awarding-winning poet Joy Harjo will give her inaugural reading as the 23rd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19. A member of the Muscogee Creek Nation, Harjo is the first Native American to serve as U.S. Poet Laureate.The historic reading marks the beginning of Harjo’s laureateship, which traditionally launches the Library’s 2019-2020 literary season....
    • Date: 2019-08-20
  • August 8, 2019  (19-077)
    Library of Congress Announces 2019-2020 Concert Season The Library of Congress is launching a spectacular and richly diverse 2019-2020 season with a concert by jazz icon and master pianist Chucho Valdés on Oct. 12, 2019. Marking the 95th season of the “Concerts from the Library of Congress” series is an impressive roster of more than 95 free events features classical music, jazz, pop, musical theater and dance. Concerts, lectures, film screenings...
    • Date: 2019-08-08
  • August 1, 2019  (19-A03)
    Library Websites Down August 9-11 Due to a planned power outage, most of the Library’s public websites (loc.gov and others) will be unavailable from 5 p.m. ET, Friday, Aug. 9 through Sunday, Aug. 11. Copyright.gov, Congress.gov and catalog.loc.gov, however, will remain available. On Saturday, Aug. 10, all reading rooms and research areas, the Library Shop, and the Madison and Adams buildings will be closed to the public. The Thomas...
    • Date: 2019-08-01

July 2019

  • July 29, 2019  (19-073)
    Rare 2,000-Year-Old Text of Early Buddhism Now Online The Library of Congress has restored and made available online the Gandhara Scroll, a manuscript dating back to around the first century B.C., that offers insight into early Buddhist history. The scroll is one of the world’s oldest Buddhist manuscripts.The scroll originates from Gandhara, an ancient Buddhist region located in what is now the northern border areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan. The scroll tells...
    • Date: 2019-07-29
  • July 25, 2019  (19-076)
    Library of Congress Expands Popular Literary Event to Yearlong Series Known as National Book Festival Presents The Library of Congress National Book Festival has expanded to include a yearlong series of events – known as National Book Festival Presents – featuring high-caliber authors, their books and related Library treasures beginning this fall, following the signature daylong festival on Aug. 31, the Library announced today.Neil Patrick Harris, an accomplished actor, producer, television host, author and magician, will kick off the new...
    • Date: 2019-07-25
  • July 24, 2019  (19-075)
    Papers of President James Garfield Now Online The papers of President James A. Garfield, who was assassinated in the first year of his short presidency, have been digitized and are now available online for the first time from the Library of Congress.The Garfield collection includes approximately 80,000 items, mostly dating from 1850 to 1881. The collection is online at: loc.gov/collections/james-a-garfield-papers/about-this-collection.Garfield’s papers include correspondence, diaries, speeches, records of his Civil War military...
    • Date: 2019-07-24
  • July 17, 2019  (19-071)
    Library of Congress "Anime for All" Returns The exclusive screening of the newly released GKIDS animated film “Okko’s Inn” will highlight the Library of Congress’ “Anime for All” series, which is being presented in conjunction with Otakon, Washington, D.C.’s annual convention celebrating Asian pop culture (anime, manga, music, movies, video games, etc.) and its fandom. “Anime for All,” a celebration of East Asian culture, mythology, pop culture and inspiration, will be...
    • Date: 2019-07-17
  • July 3, 2019  (19-072)
    Summer Programs to Feature Music, Film, Community Day and Gallery Talks with Library's Exhibition "Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote" Music and theatrical performances, an outdoor film screening, tours and gallery talks this summer will accompany the new exhibition “Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight For the Vote” at the Library of Congress, along with a full day of family activities during a Community Day on July 13 and a featured author at the National Book Festival on August 31.The exhibition “Shall Not Be...
    • Date: 2019-07-03
  • July 2, 2019  (19-064)
    Library of Congress Announces Reading-Writing Competition Winners Letters About Literature, a Library of Congress national writing competition, has announced its winners for 2019. The national program, concluding its 27th year, asks students in grades 4 to 12 to write to an author about how his or her work affected their lives.More than 29,000 students from across the country participated in this year’s initiative. The contest is promoted by the Library’s Center...
    • Date: 2019-07-02

June 2019

  • June 26, 2019  (19-069)
    Fifth Annual Daniel K. Inouye Distinguished Lecture, July 16 On Tuesday, July 16, the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, in conjunction with the Daniel K. Inouye Institute, invites the public to attend the 2019 Daniel K. Inouye Distinguished Lecture. The fifth and final event of the series will feature political strategists David Axelrod and Karl Rove, who will discuss leadership, public discourse, political parties and campaigns in a changing...
    • Date: 2019-06-26
  • June 25, 2019  (19-068)
    Library of Congress National Book Festival Announces Full Author Lineup The 2019 Library of Congress National Book Festival will offer an outstanding lineup of authors for readers of all ages for the festival’s 19th year, with more than 140 nationally recognized authors, poets and illustrators, as well as the addition of stages devoted to science and international subjects.On Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, doors will open at 8:30 a.m.,...
    • Date: 2019-06-25
  • June 24, 2019  (19-067)
    2nd Annual Summer Concerts On the Lawn The Library of Congress and the Washington Performing Arts’ Mars Arts D.C. project will co-host the “Summer Concerts on the Lawn” outdoor musical performance series. The performances take place Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. from July 11 through Aug. 15 on the north lawn of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, across the street from the U.S. Capitol. The performances will be presented in conjunction...
    • Date: 2019-06-24
  • June 19, 2019  (19-066)
    Librarian of Congress Names Joy Harjo the Nation's 23rd Poet Laureate Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced the appointment of Joy Harjo as the nation’s 23rd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2019-2020. Harjo will take up her duties in the fall, opening the Library’s annual literary season on Sept. 19 with a reading of her work in the Coolidge Auditorium.Harjo is the first Native American poet to serve in the position – she...
    • Date: 2019-06-19
  • June 19, 2019  (19-A02)
    Thomas Jefferson Building Early Closure - Jun. 22 On Saturday, June 22, the Great Hall, all exhibitions, all reading rooms and the Library Shop in the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress will CLOSE at 3 p.m. for a special event. Additionally, the West Main doors, West Basement (Carriage) doors, Capitol Visitors Center tunnel, and the West Front Drive parking lot will be closed to all staff, researchers, and the...
    • Date: 2019-06-19
  • June 14, 2019  (19-065)
    Librarian of Congress Appoints Michelle Light Director of Special Collections Michelle Light, formerly director of Special Collections and Archives at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, has been named director of the Library of Congress’ Special Collections Directorate. She began work in her new position on May 28. Light’s professional career in libraries spans 26 years and includes positions of progressive responsibility: head of Special Collections Technical Services at the University of Washington; head...
    • Date: 2019-06-14
  • June 10, 2019  (19-060)
    Local Teachers to Participate in National Education Program at Library of Congress Local educators across the nation have been selected from a pool of more than 280 applicants to participate in the Library of Congress’ Summer Teacher Institute, part of the Teaching with Primary Sources program. Institute sessions will run from June 19 to August 2. This year, the Library of Congress will offer three week-long programs and an additional three-day session focused on the needs...
    • Date: 2019-06-10